About this blog title

I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seven below zero Christmas Day in Chaumont N.Y.

7 below zero on this 2013 Christmas morning in Chaumont, NY. This photo snapped with iPhone a couple hours ago. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ice storm 2013 in northern NY

The photos presented of the 2013 Ice Storm in northern NY were all snapped at or close to my home in the village of Chaumont. I was one of the lucky ones who never lost electric service. I did, however, lose my cable TV because a tree limb landed on that particular wire tearing it from the utility pole. The service remains out on this Christmas Eve. It is my understanding that there are still many thousands without electricity. That will make for a memorable Christmas for those folks. Most of the photos are self explanatory. Tree damage in my front and back yard. A Maple tree in the back split, half falling on a portion of the backyard fence. There is a tall Pine in the backyard that lost a lot of limbs. A view from the front porch. A street scene or two. These photos were all snapped Saturday and Sunday.

The following is an e-mail I sent to my bosses at SMG letting them know how I was faring in the ice. With a driving ban in place and the possibilty of more ice and damge to my home I wanted to give them a heads up in case I was unable to work for them the next day:

Well, I have numerous tree limbs down and one of them severed my tv cable. I am one of the lucky ones whose power has not been lost. However, there is a no driving ban In effect. I spent good portion of today cutting tree limbs from my phone wires and some large branches weighing down the power line to my house. It was a dicey operation as I was worried the power line might break any time. About an hour ago the rain resumed and its below 30 degrees. If this continues I may wake up to some real trouble in the morning. I don't think my power lines to the house can take much more. Gary
Sent from my iPhone
On Dec 22, 2013, at 10:39 AM

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

IPhone photo of my mother snapped about 45 minutes ago. The Better Half & I stopped in for a short visit after attending Indian River Middle School Christmas concert. The Family Violinist plays in the school orchestra. That's why we were there.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cold as Hell at our house

Just got home from Syracuse. It is 12:30am and it is 6 degrees below zero here in Chaumont N.Y.

I snapped this photo this morning when the temperature was 1 below zero.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

How the Grinch Stole Christmas play in Rochester NY

Where in the World am I? I am at Jim's Restaurant on East Main St in Rochester NY where I snapped this photo. The Better Half & I are with her daughter #2 and her family. We are in Rochester to watch a play version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Cold and snowy lately

Been quite cold for the past week. Just got home at 1:00 am and it is 1 degree below zero. Yikes! I snapped the photo presented here yesterday in Watertown. Took it with the iPhone.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2013 Clayton Christmas Parade

The 51st annual Clayton Christmas Parade, 2013
I present here a selection of photos from the Clayton Christmas Parade.

Friday night I photographed two basketball games, had some software issues while editing the photos and ended up getting home and to bed late: 2:00AM. Yikes! Anyhow, I slept lousy and got up yesterday  at 8:30. Not enough sleep. I went into town and did my guitar lessons. Then in the evening we went to the Christmas Parade in Clayton. This was the village's 51st annual Xmas parade. The Better Half's number one daughter and her family met us there. It was really cold with a strong wind blowing in off the river. (the St. Lawrence).
The parade began about 6:15. We got into the village about 5:00 so as to get some street parking on the parade route. That way if we got too cold we could get into the car for a warm up. We met up at Coyote Moon Winery store on Riverside Drive where we passed the time drinking a bottle of their wine until the parade started.. While we did that the kids went down the street to get some  kid friendly beverages. It all worked out well, we got really cold, watched some of the parade from the KIA van, then watched the fireworks from a vantage point outside the van on Riverside Drive.

The evening finished off with fireworks over the business district in Clayton. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowman and snow scene

Snowman in my neighbors yard, Chaumont, N.Y.                                                                             Gary Walts photo
Went Christmas shopping yesterday with the Better Half and in the course of it picked up our Christmas tree. I'll put up photos of that later. In the mean time the snowy tree in the field was taken in Calcium, NY at the Gracy farm. The snowman is in the front yard of one of my neighbors here in Chaumont.

Snowy tree in a field at the Gracy farm in Calcium, N.Y.                                                Gary Walts photo

Monday, December 2, 2013

Photo from Black Friday

I snapped this photo in Syracuse on Black Friday. The city held their Christmas tree lighting celebration downtown so there was plenty happening.
I got up this morning to find our oil furnace quit working during the night. I called service guy who will be here sometime tomorrow. Fortunately we have a wood stove so we will be ok. I played guitar for a couple of hours today at a craft Shia/sale at the state office building. The event is a. Annual fund raiser for the Watertown Urban Mission. That went really well. From there I went to Parish and made a portrait of a family for a Sean Kirst story. Sean is a writer for the Post-Standard. Just got back home at midnight. Will hit the sack here in a few more minutes.